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Classical Studies Requirements

Majors choose one of two tracks: “Classics” or “Classical Culture and Civilization.” The total number of credits required for either track is 30.

The “Classics” track requires 24 credits of language study in both Greek and Latin. One of the languages must be taken through the advanced level (15 credits). The remaining 6 credits are completed from among the CLA courses (Greek Myth, roman Myth, Greek Tragedy, Ancient Comedy) and approved courses in other departments.

The “Classical Culture and Civilization” track requires proficiency in either Greek or Latin at least through the 302 level, 15 credits of additional Greek or Latin classes or CLA courses or approved courses in other departments. 3 credits of CLA 497, Independent Study, is required as a capstone for this track.

Secondary Education Certification in Latin is offered in cooperation with the Education Department. Students major in Secondary Education and complete a total of 30 credits in Classics, of which a minimum of 18 credits must be in Latin language at the 300 level or above. The balance is taken in Roman history, literature, and art/archaeology.

Minor Concentrations

Minor in Latin: Students take a total of 18 credits, of which 9 must be in the Latin language at the 300-level or above; the balance comes from Roman history, literature, or art.

Minor in Greek: Students take a total of 18 credits, of which 9 must be in the Greek language at the 300-level or above; the balance comes from Roman history, literature, or art.

Minor in Classical Civilization: Students take a total of 18 credits; requires 6 credits in Latin or in Greek, and the balance in the history, literature, or art of the ancient world.

Outcome Statements for Classical Studies Majors

Students in this major study both Latin and Greek languages. At least 2 semesters of each language is required; most students study both languages for 4 semesters and one for six. When they complete the program, their specific abilities in Latin or Greek will therefore depend on how much of each they have studied.

  1. With 2 semesters, they will have a solid introduction to grammar and syntax, and will be able to read, with a dictionary, made-up Latin or Greek or real texts which have been simplified. After four semesters, they will be able to read real texts with the help of a commentary (eg., the Bryn Mawr Commentaries series) and a dictionary. With more than four semesters, they will be able to read any ancient Latin or Greek text with a dictionary. They will know at least two dialects of Greek (Attic and Homeric), and variants of Latin from the 3rd c. BCE to the 1st c. CE.
  2. Students will be familiar with the common meters of Latin and Greek poetry and will be able to read aloud accurately and fluently.
  3. Students will be familiar with several genres of Latin and Greek literature, both prose and poetry, (eg., epic, tragic and comic drama, lyric poetry, oratory, history, philosophy).
  4. Students will be familiar with the general social and historical contexts of the texts they have read.
  5. Students will be familiar with Roman and Greek myth, history, and art and architecture.

Curriculum Map for Classical Studies Majors

Classical Studies OHE Program Assessment Form (2009-2010)

Classical Studies OHE Program Assessment Form (2007-2008)